Events
  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

  • Emily Raboteau’s nonfiction work Searching for Zion was named a best book of 2013 by the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award, grand prize winner of the New York Book Festival, and a winner of a 2014 American Book Award. She is the author of a novel, The Professor’s Daughter, and her fiction and essays have been published and anthologized in Best American Short Stories, the New York Times, The New Yorker, Tin House, Buzzfeed, LitHub, The Guardian, Guernica, Virginia Quarterly, The Believer, and Salon. Other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award, and fellowships from the NEA, the Lannan Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony. Raboteau teaches creative writing at City College in New York.

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STEM Post-OPT Extension

Overview

F-1 students currently on post-completion OPT based on a prior bachelor's, Master's, or PhD (Otis does not offer a this degree type) degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field may be eligible for a one-time 24-month OPT extension, beyond the initial 12 months of OPT. All STEM OPT extensions are approved by USCIS. 

 

About STEM OPT Extension

  • You must already be currently approved for post-completion OPT.
  • You must have completed a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.
    • Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website for the STEM Designated Degree Program List. Eligible degrees are listed by their Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code. Your degree's CIP code is listed on the "primary major" line in the top left corner on the third page of your I-20.
  • You must have a job or job offer from an E-Verify employer.  Ask your employer if they are E-Verified.
  • You have not previously received a 24-month OPT extension after earning a previous STEM degree.
  • You may have multiple employers, but you must be employed at minimum, 20 hours per week per employer
  • You and your employer must have complete the Form I-983 Training Plan
  • You may not exceed 90 days of unemployment during the first 12 months of OPT, and an additional 60 days for students who obtain a 24-month extension.
  • Employment must be related to your field of study.
  • You may apply for the STEM extension twice per lifetime.
 

When to Apply

Apply before your current EAD expires. USCIS recommends you apply up to 120 days before your OPT expiration. You can continue to work for up to 180 days while the application is pending.

 

Application Procedures

Submit the following documents to DSO, Bernard Pollard, he is located in the Career Services Office (by office, mail, or in person): Please allow one week for processing. Bernard Pollard will issue a new I-20 with a recommendation for the OPT extension and will mail it back to you at the updated local address provided*

 

1) Complete Form I-983 Training Plan. This form must be submitted to DSO, Bernard Pollard (not to USCIS as part of the formal application packet). Otis is required to maintain the I-983 for each STEM applicant. You are required to submit a new I-983 any time there is an update to your employer or to the nature of the employment as reflected in the I-983.

Instructions on How to Complete the I-983

2) Completed I-765 form

Type online or print in BLACK ink

Item 11:

Answer: “Yes”

Which Office: Refer to your EAD or ask ISP.

There are several USCIS Service Centers that adjudicate OPT applications.  The Service Center's code is found in the first three letters of the USCIS # on your EAD.  For example, if your EAD shows WAC12345678, the "WAC" signifies that the California Service Center adjudicated your OPT application.  The Service Center codes are below:

WAC = California Service Center

YSC = Potomac Service Center

EAC = Vermont Service Center

LIN = Nebraska Service Center

SRC = Texas Service Center

Item 16: Use the applicable code (c) (3) (C)

Item 17: Please ask for an E-Verify code from your employer. An E-Verify ID number has 6 digits.

3) Request a new I-20 STEM OPT from Bernard Pollard. You will need to submit a copy of this I-20 as part of the formal application packet.

The STEM OPT I-20 can only be issued once the Form I-983 has been received by Bernard Pollard, DSO

4) Photocopy of I-20 issued for your 12 month OPT.

5) Application fee: $410 check or money order payable to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security"

6) Photocopy of STEM degree (official transcript, unofficial transcript, or copy of diploma showing level and program of study

7) Photocopy of your I-94 card- which can be obtained at CBP.gov/I94

8) Photocopy of your last EAD (front and back)

9) Photocopy of passport identification page

10) Photocopy of F-1 visa page

11) Two photos of the following specifications:

USCIS photo instructions (see the "Required Documentation" section on page 6)

The two photos should have a white background.

They should be un-mounted, printed on thin paper, glossy, and not re-touched.

The photos should show a passport-style, full-face image, with both ears visible.

The photos should be 2 by 2 inches, with the distance from the top of the head to just below the chin about 1 3/8 inches.

Lightly print your name and your I-94 number in pencil on the back of each photo.

Photographs must have been taken within the last 30 days and not previously used.

12) Completed G-1145 form (optional; it signs you up for email/text message notification of your application’s arrival at USCIS)

13) Mail your application to the appropriate USCIS lockbox.

If you live in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Guam, or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, be sure to mail your application to the USCIS Phoenix lockbox:

USCIS Phoenix Lockbox

USCIS
PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036

For Express Mail and Courier Deliveries

USCIS
Attn: AOS
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S
Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

 

Additional Resources

Students with Exisiting 17-Month STEM OPT Extensions
Students with 17-Month STEM OPT Applications Pending on May 10 2016
STEM OPT Help Hub (FAQs)
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